and he's getting a make-over!!
Check out the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone created by artist Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet graphic novels.
For 15 years, Harry Potter has been part of the lives of many youth, and adults. The books have been translated into 72 languages.
From The Guardian newspaper, "15 Things The Boy Wizard Is Responsible For", here's a little trivia:
- Kings Cross is the location of the elusive Platform 9 ¾, gateway to Hogwarts.
- The first Harry Potter was published by indie publishing house Bloomsbury, upon the demands of the chairman's daughter.
- Once rejected as irrelevent, Latin is being read, learned and repeated by young readers.
- The owl market has probably double or triple overnight. Sadly, for some owls, this has meant being abandoned, as they make for stinky pets who are likely to nip.
- There's a new condition called the "Hogwarts headache", coined by a doctor who described "a tension headache possibly accompanied by neck or wrist pains, caused by unhealthily long reading sessions of Harry Potter."
- Have you heard the band Harry and The Potters? Yes, this is a real band, yes, they do play gigs. And they continue to tour the US.
Are you a Monsters Inc. fan? Do you love Mike and Sulley? Have you been waiting for a new Monster movie? Well your wait is over!
Monsters University opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st!
The library has lots of Monsters University book tie-ins. Check-out some of the new titles and then check-out the movie trailer:
What do you think of the librarian in the school library in the movie trailer? I don’t know whether to be insulted or flattered but I think she’s kind of awesome!
Conifer's first ever LEGO club was held today with astonishing success. I'd like to thank everyone who participated, the parents that gave their time to bring and work with the kids, and the donations of LEGOs, Megablocks, and Duplos to encourage their creativity and imagination. Stop by the library and see these creations in the Conifer Library display case.
Check out the Culture Passes from the library!
Did you know that you can get free tickets for your family to visit a variety of fun locations around town? You can, just by having a library card! Use Culture Passes to reserve tickets to all kinds of fun places including:
Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Golden History Museums
History Colorado Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Platte Valley Trolley
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Using the library's Culture Passes is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, enjoy local attractions, try something new, learn and have fun all for free! Reserve yours today!
The Salida Circus is coming to Jefferson County! The Scarlet Sisters, Colorado's favorite circus sisters have been summoned to your library to do some digging into books and they need your help! On a search to find the moral of the story, the Scarlets meet Curious George, the Runaway Bunny, Frog and Toad and other classic storybook characters!
This interactive circus show is ideal for ages 3-12.
Check our event calendar to see when the Circus is coming to YOUR library!
The sloth is a very unusual, nocturnal mammal that lives in Central and South America. It is most well-known for being extremely slow-moving. It spends most of its life upside down in trees. In fact, the sloth can do most everything upside down from eating and sleeping to mating and giving birth to young. Sloths also have huge claws which are used for hanging on to branches. Most sleep fifteen hours per day! No wonder sloths have earned such a lazy reputation! Check out these other interesting sloth facts.
-There are five species of sloths.
-A sloth’s teeth are in its cheeks. It has nine on each side.
-Sloths are excellent swimmers, however they can hardly walk. Instead they drag themselves along when they need to get around on the ground.
-Sloths can live 10-15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity!
-Sloths have a greenish appearance because algae grow in their fur!
-If a sloth’s body temperature becomes too low, bacteria in the stomach prevent it from digesting food and it will starve.
And while you’re at it, don’t delay in taking a look at these fantastic books about sloths available at the library! Hurry and check one out today. (P.S. You’ll have to move faster than a sloth).
Baby Sloth by Aubrey Lang
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Score One For the Sloths by Helen Lester
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle
The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray
Have any picky eaters in your family? They'll love Martha, who doesn't like green beans and thinks they are bad, bad, bad.
Turns out, she's right! A gang of green beans march into her house one night and kidnap her parents. Martha is left by herself to eat all the cookies she wants and stay up late watching movies--- paradise! But, is it?
Read How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and see how she saves them. Your picky eater might giggle the next time you serve beans!
What would you do if a member of your family disappeared, and then robbers burst into your home and took everything, including all your money? All this happens to Early Pearl in the new book, Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.
Early and her family end up in a homeless shelter while they try to figure out what happened to Early’s father, who suddenly disappeared while he was on the way home from the grocery store. Can Early solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance?
Blue Balliett has a great website, where you can find out more about the author and her other great books.
There is also a link to her blog on the website. Check it out!
Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them! The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.
The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.
This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids. Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!
The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.
There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!
The Arvada Library is honored to display the work of young artists on the walls of our storytime room each month. This month we are displaying kites made by students in Grades 1 through 3 at the Mountain Phoenix Community school.
Stop by and see some soaring examples of excellent art work! Kites will be on display through the end of May.